The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati highlights the significant contributions that Cincinnati has made to the firefighting profession.Our mission is to share and celebrate the history of firefighting in Cincinnati, while providing a unique fire-safety education experience. Our vision is to bring the traditions of firefighting to life in a museum that helps save lives.
In 1906, the building that now houses the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati was home to the Engine Company #45 Firehouse. Because of this, the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati is now included in the National Register of Historic Places.Â
When the building still housed Engine Company #45, Cincinnati architect Harry Hake, Sr. (1871 to 1955) was the chief architect for the Cincinnati Fire and Police Departments. When designing this building, Hake used Renaissance Revival symmetrical design elements and detail (such as cornices, dentils, half columns, and horizontal stone bands) to create two distinct facades: the main elevation that faces Court Street and the other elevation on Richmond Street that faces City Hall.